This section explains your rights when making decisions about your treatment and care, and how to ensure your wishes are followed if you live in Scotland.
If you live in England or Wales, read our information about making decisions about treatment and care or planning ahead. We also have information about making treatment decisions and planning ahead in Northern Ireland.
Making decisions about medical treatment depends on whether you have capacity. If you can’t make a decision about your medical treatment and you haven’t made an Advance Directive or a Welfare Power of Attorney, your doctor will decide what treatment to give you.
An Advance Directive allows you to record any medical treatments that you don’t want to be given in the future, in case you later lack capacity and cannot make or communicate a decision for yourself.
A Welfare Power of Attorney allows you to give someone you trust the legal power to make decisions on your behalf in case you later lack capacity and are unable to make a decision for yourself.